Author Archives: Christina Greer, PhD

Dr. Christina (Fisanick) Greer is the author of more than 30 non-fiction books and multiple articles about writing. Two-Week Wait is her first book-length memoir. She has been teaching college writing for 20 years. Currently, she is an Associate Professor at California University of Pennsylvania, where she passes on her love of storytelling to future generations of writers and teachers. Christina lives in her home state of West Virginia with her two cats, husband, and son, who was worth every single two-week wait.

Why Before and After Photos Can Compromise Binge Eating Disorder Recovery

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I have lost 100 pounds four times in the last 25 years. Yep. That is 400 pounds lost and found. Every single time I proudly posed for photos on the day I started my magical weight loss journey and at points along the…

Relapse-Resistant Recovery: A Snapshot

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Of course, we should maintain our abstinence no matter what, but sometimes we don’t. Sometimes we slip. Sometimes we fall. Sometimes we don’t get back up for a long time. And there we have the million dollar question: Why does recovery seem easier…

A New Spin on an Old Tradition

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Aren’t we all pretty sick of New Year, New You resolutions that we never quite keep? And then we punish ourselves when we fail. What sense does that make? Part of the problem is that we choose changes that are so big and…

The Devastating Legacy of Diet Culture

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As the founder of a support group for food addicts in recovery, I have come to dread the new year. Towards the beginning of December, my group is suddenly overwhelmed by people wanting to join with the obvious purpose of marketing their dieting…

Using Vision Boards in Recovery

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by Christina Fisanick Greer The Optimistic Addict Sustained recovery requires a host of practices, at least it does for me. While I understand the need for keeping it simple, as many people in recovery programs advocate, I find that I need to breakdown…

Surviving the Holidays Gratefully

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‘Twas the night before Thanksgiving in the food addict’s home. All the relatives were sleeping, and the food addict sat alone. “Should I eat some pie in this peace and quiet? Or should I be a good girl and stick to my diet?”…

I Keep on Climbing

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by Christina Fisanick Greer, Ph.D. The Optimistic Food Addict At least ten times during my ascent up the mountain I was sure that I wouldn’t make it. My son, husband, and I decided to hike to the top of Seneca Rocks, the only…

The Power of Anger in Recovery

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by Christina Fisanick Greer, Ph.D. Optimistic Food Addict I was up late working, like usual, when a message popped up from a man that I dated 25 years ago. Although the conversation started out with both of us commiserating about being up late,…

The Ocean Gives Up Its Lesson

The Ocean Gives Up Its Lessonby Christina Fisanick Greer, PhD

by Christina Fisanick Greer, Ph.D. Every single time I visit the ocean, I learn something new. I have learned how to grieve, I have learned how to let go, and I have learned how to accept the day-to-day fluctuations of recovery. So, I…

Fat Girl on Deck

by Christina Fisanick Greer, Ph.D. The Optimistic Food Addict My friends and I lived at the pool in the summers when I was a little girl. We get dropped off at the door right after lunch and get picked up, sun-baked and water-logged…

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Christina Fisanick Greer, Ph.D. is a writing professor and published author. Her goals are to help as many people in recovery as possible through writing and creativity. Christina can be reached at clfisanick@aol.com.

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Optimistic Food Addict

OptimisticFoodAddict.com is a website devoted to supporting recovery from Food Addiction and Binge Eating Disorder. Christina Greeer, Ph.D., the founder and editor of this site, is not a physician but a writer and food addict who aims to help all.